Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Mindful singing

    Course Date: Tue 23 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. Live online sessions. tutor : Clare Foster.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Mixing and music production workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Piano online (mixed levels): taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? Wondering how group piano lessons work online? Then this taster course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you re-kindle your passion for playing and find out which level of our regular piano programme would be suitable for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. Singing online (beginners): taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to like to join a singing class but are not sure what is involved and how a singing class can work online? This fun and interactive taster for complete beginners will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Ukulele: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Meet the instrument and an expert ukulele player in this live online session. If you have a uke you can start to play, and if you do not, you can watch and listen, and perhaps sing along. tutor : Martin Wheatley.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Latin piano: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical online session will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will learn a typical montuno pattern at the piano, and explore associated percussion.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Learn to read music: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Music history book club

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book; Music Ho! (Constant Lambert).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. The improvised cadenza: Mozart and Beethoven

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Mozart and Beethoven were passionate, competitive improvisers. By studying their concerto cadenzas, we’ll explore how Classical composers and performers approached cadenzas, and how they came to be composed rather than improvised.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. Great works: Ravel's Boléro

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the ideas behind one of the most famous works of the twentieth century, and some of its many interpretations. Be entranced anew by this hypnotic work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Singing online (mixed levels): taster

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Singers - would you like to like to know more about how a singing class can work on zoom? This fun, interactive, mixed ability taster for singers will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course. We will also help you identify which class is the right level for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. Great works: Dvorák's Symphony No 8

    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We may consider Antonín Dvorák to be one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century – but then why was the sunny Eighth Symphony published, and given some of its earliest performances, in England? We explore this grand work, written at the height of Dvorák’s fame, and his fruitful relationship with the British musical world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  13. Music theory: score reading taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate a music score and analyse basic structures in Western staff notation for students of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. String Easter school

    String Easter school

    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. Extended techniques for flautists: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A fun and practical online introductory workshop for flautists to explore the weird and wonderful ‘extended’ sounds and techniques of contemporary flute music. We will try out new techniques and learn how these can enhance our general flute playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

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